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    THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY OF IRELAND

    Welcome to the website of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. The Adoption Authority of Ireland is an independent body established on 1 November 2010 under the Adoption Act 2010. The purpose of the Adoption Act 2010 is to improve standards in both domestic and intercountry adoption. Legal adoption was first introduced in Ireland under the 1952 Adoption Act.

     

    The 1952 Act was enacted on 1 January 1953 and the Adoption Board was established under this Act.

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    • Vacancy: Permanent Executive Officer
      10 Jan 2022
      Vacancy: Permanent Executive Officer

      The Adoption Authority is recruiting a Permanent Executive Officer in conjunction with Lex Consultancy. 

      The role description is available here and the Candidate Information Booklet is available here. The application form is available to download here

      Applications should be made directly to Lex Consultancy here

      Closing date 12 noon on Tuesday 25 January 2022. 

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    • Barnardos Post Adoption Service Upcoming Events
      22 Dec 2021
      Barnardos Post Adoption Service Upcoming Events

      Barnardos would like to extend a very Happy Christmas to all and all the very best for 2022. 

      Barnardos had a very busy year in the Post Adoption Service with some particular highlights - the extension of their support service to birth mothers and adopted adults to Cork and the completion of the evaluation of their Post Adoption children’s service by Queens University Belfast. Read the report and watch the launch event here. Many thanks to all the young people and parents who took part.

      Below are some updates about upcoming workshops and courses with Barnardos Post Adoption Service. 

         

      For Adoptive Parents

      Barnardos are delighted to announce that they will be running the Circle of Security parenting course again especially for adoptive parents, starting in February. There are two courses scheduled - one in person in Dublin (for parents of 7-11 year olds) and one online (for parents of 0-6 year olds).

      Barnrdos now have trained facilitators (Celine and Tara) of this long established and evidence-based parenting course on both the Dublin and Cork teams. They ran the course twice online in 2021 and it was very successful.

      Register for the in-person Circle of Security Dublin course here.
      Register for the online Circle of Security course here.

         

      For Adopted Children

      Barnardos are also delighted to announce a new four session workshop for children called Cool at School – starting on 17th February in Dublin. The group is aimed at children aged 11-13 years of age, who may be experiencing worries or anxiety in the school setting. Some may need support with the transition to secondary school. Places will be very limited

      Register for Cool at School workshop here. Download this leaflet for more information.

      “Let’s Think about Adoption”- a workshop for 8-11 year olds: Thursday 21st April, 2pm - 4:30pm, Galway. Register here.

         

      For Birth Mothers

      Barnardos will be running their six session course for birthmothers again in 2022 – as well as stand-alone support meetings. Dates will be confirmed shortly. 

      For Adopted Adults

      Barnardos will be running their four session course for adopted adults Exploring Adoption” in 2022 – as well as stand alone support meetings. Dates will be confirmed shortly.

         

      Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or if you need individual support.

      Their three Post Adoption Centres are closing from 23rd December and will reopen after Christmas on Tuesday 4th January. They will be available to take any calls and respond to emails after that.

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    • Vacancy: Professionally Qualified Social Workers
      15 Dec 2021
      Vacancy: Professionally Qualified Social Workers

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland is seeking to fill a number of posts at Professionally Qualified Social Worker level. The positions are currently based in the Authority's offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. All employees of the Adoption Authority are public servants.

      To read the job description, click Professionally Qualified Social Worker Vacancies /  Oibrithe Sóisialta atá Cáilithe go Gairmiúil ag Teastáil

       

      To read the Candidate Information Booklet, please click PQSW Candidate Information Booklet, and to download the application form in Word Format, please click PQSW Application Form.

       

       Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 14 Jan 2022.

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    Mission Statement

    " To ensure the provision of the highest possible standards of adoption related services, throughout the lifelong adoption process, with the best interests of children as the first and paramount objective."